Understanding Baraka and Tabarruk

[Q]: Oh mawlana, if someone puts his hand on the grave of the Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him  and his family and companions – they will forbid him from doing that and shout at him and say: “That is just metal! This is forbidden!”

[A:]: Listen, man! Putting your hand on the grill is not part of the visit. The Prophet, peace be upon him, – let us assume that you saw him sitting in that maqam. Would you stand before him and speak to him and greet him, or would you start touching the metal? Answer me!

Then the more refined and elevated thing to do is to greet him the greeting of one who is alive: Peace be upon you oh Messenger of Allah! Peace be upon you, and the mercy and blessings of Allah! I bear witness that you have conveyed the message, and fulfilled the trust, oh intercessor of the community, oh you of the Basin on the Day of Judgment, oh you of the most praised rank!

You speak to him!

When you visit someone in their house, do you leave him to go touch the doors and windows? Would he accept that from you?  Did you come for him or for the windows?

Now, what is the legal ruling if someone puts his hand on the grill?
The ruling: It is permissible. It is neither forbidden nor detested. The scholars said: If it is out of love and the seeking of blessings (tabarruk) then it is permissible.

But some have said: That is not necessary. He should make the love in his heart, and to witness the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, with his heart. And witnessing him will make the visitor not need anything else from the universe and all that is in it. And it is the greatest blessing and the greatest good!

So if you put your hand for tabarruk, there is nothing wrong with that. And if you greet him without putting your hand, there is nothing wrong with that. So there is no need for these disagreements that call for division.
جئناك نطوي إليك القفار * ونرسل إثر القطار القطار

We came to you crossing the vast empty lands,
Sending a train after another to visit you!

Peace and blessings be upon him!
Peace and blessings be upon him!

Blessings (baraka) exist! For the presence of Allah fills the universe with blessings. He said – peace and blessings be upon him – in that narration of al-Bukhari: “The baraka is from Allah.”

“There is not a thing whose storehouses are not with Us. And we send it down only according to a well-defined measure.” (Q 15:21)

He brought down upon His Prophet blessings by the millions of tons. So his soul became blessed, and his body became blessed, and his grave became blessed, and everything related to him became blessed. Just as He brought down blessings by the tons upon Bayt al-Maqdis until He said: “Whose surroundings We have blessed.” (Q 17:1). Do not think that He blessed its surroundings but did not bless it! What it means is: I sent down upon Bayt al-Maqdis mercies and blessings until they overflowed and poured out of the “cup.”

So the masjid became full of baraka, and the baraka overflowed to everything around it. And that is the same with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. And likewise with the Ka’ba: He brought down mercies and blessings upon it until they covered what is around it.

So the baraka is from Allah, and the mercy is from Allah. And wherever you find a lover of Allah, then know that in him there is baraka, whether he is alive or dead. There are blessings from Allah crowding over him.

So if you want to put your hand (on the grave or grill) because of this, then there is nothing wrong with that. Why? Because it is known that the source is from Allah.

And why did Allah bless the Prophets and Messengers?
“And We blessed him and Isaac too” (Q 37:113). Because Allah loves them. Because of love.

And the greatest blessing is with our Prophet and master Muhammad – peace and blessings be upon him – the Messenger of Allah.

“The mercy of Allah and His blessings be upon you, people of the house” (Q 11:73). And with his family.

And with his companions – may Allah be pleased with them – because of him.

And with you, if you follow his Sunna and Shari’a, blessings will come down upon you. And even if you do not visit his grave, and do not put your hand on the maqam, the blessings from Allah will come down upon you because of him, peace and blessings be upon him and his family.

For no believer is devoid of the blessings of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him!



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